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LZH’s Moonrise project simulates 3D-printing on the moon

Research project in which moondust is laser-melted under lunar conditions suggests moon-based manufacturing is feasible. The spheres appear inconspicuous but they are unique. They consist of moon dust, molten under moon gravity in the course of the MOONRISE project.

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Research institute Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH) together with the Institute of Space Systems (IRAS) of the Technical University of Braunschweig carried out this unique experiment in the Einstein-Elevator at the Hannover Institute of Technology at the Leibniz University Hannover.

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“With these spheres, we have come a big step closer to 3D-printing on the moon,” commented Niklas Gerdes, a scientist at LZH. A laser system developed by the LZH was used to melt synthetically produced lunar dust, the so-called regolith, under both lunar and microgravity conditions simulating the process as it might happen on the moon. Material samples adapted to possible landing site IRAS scientists have […]

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